Owners of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max from Apple should be advised that the iOS 16.1 beta is preventing many users from using the GPS on their devices as intended. The beta should not currently be used by anyone who depends on location monitoring.
Although bugs are prevalent in beta software, this one impacts an essential aspect of the iPhone, so we feel compelled to convey this warning. Users of the iPhone 14 Pro who have already updated to the iOS 16.1 beta must downgrade to iOS 16.0.1 or wait until a subsequent iOS 16.1 beta fixes the problem. Unknown is the bug’s origin.
Models of the iPhone 14 Pro support dual-frequency GPS, just like the Apple Watch Ultra. This implies that GPS satellite signals from both the older L1 frequency and the more powerful L5 frequency, which can better pass through obstacles like buildings and trees, can be received by iPhones. Improved location accuracy in mapping applications and other applications should result from combining the two signals.
Dual-frequency GPS is not supported by the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus models.